Viagra Boys, Black Country, New Road, CIVIC, Warmduscher join Wide Awake festival line-up

Viagra Boys for Wide Awake festival
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Viagra Boys, Black Country, New Road, CIVIC and Warmduscher are among the latest additions to this year's Wide Awake festival line-up.

They will join the previously-announced Caroline Polachek, Osees, Ty Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers , The Underground Youth and Gilla Band on the bill for the one day festival, which is set to take place in Brockwell Park in south London on May 27.

Other newly-announced acts for Wide Awake 2023 include Los Bitchos, CLAMM, Nuha Ruby Ra, Two Shell, Nice Biscuit and JJUUJJUU.

This will be the third staging of the 10,000 capacity leftfield indie / post-punk / Electronica / alt. festival. Year one saw performances by IDLES, Black Midi, Shame, Dry Cleaning, Self Esteem and more, while last summer's event was headlined by Primal Scream and dance duo Bicep.

In a statement, Wide Awake booker/co-founder Keith Miller says, “There’s a feeling amongst us all at Wide Awake that the 2023 lineup is the most varied and interesting so far."

The organisers add: "We're still not quite done! Keep your eyes peeled for our DJ announcement coming early Spring."

Tickets for Wide Awake 2023 are on sale now.

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In additional news, Viagra Boys scheduled January 25 headline show at London's O2 Academy Brixton has been moved to The Troxy.

The announcement follows the news last week that Lambeth council has suspended the venue's license for three months, at the request of the Metropolitan police.

The request was made in the wake of two deaths at the venue in December, following a crowd crush at a December 15 gig by Afrobeats singer Asake. Gig-goer Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, and security guard Gaby Hutchinson, 23, lost their lives as a result of the incident.

Other gigs which will be affected include bookings made by PVRIS, Palaye Royale, Hundred Reasons, Pendulum, Lamb Of God, Beartooth, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Suede.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.